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October 10th 2017

Newsletter - October 2017

A Message From Miss Rawson

10th October 2017


2500 Stourfield Junior 069Firstly, a big well done to everyone who took part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival over the weekend. Particular congratulations go to Millie in Y4 who won the Girls 1.5k junior race and to Ben, one of our former pupils who won the Men’s 10k. It was a beautiful day for running and great to see so many of you out supporting your family, friends … it really does help to have people along the route giving you a shout of encouragement and a wave and many thanks to those of you who did that for me when you spotted me amongst the swell of half marathon runners.


Maths Meetings  

When I wrote to you earlier in the term and explained that we were changing the way we organise the children for Maths, I also promised that we would invite you into school to find out more about how this approach works for the benefit of all pupils. We are running this meeting twice, on Wednesday, November 8th at 1800 and again on Tuesday, November 14th at 0900. We do hope that you will find one of these dates convenient and I would urge you to save any questions you have about this topic until then, rather than waste precious minutes of your upcoming parent evening appointment discussing the rationale behind the change.


Breaktime Snacks

The children have been told in assembly that we are making a slight change to our snacks at breaktime policy and will be allowing plain biscuits, as well as fruit from now on. It feels like a long morning for children to manage on just a piece of fruit and the change in policy brings us in line with the infant school. Beth and Dante, our Y6 prefects with a remit health and safety have presented guidelines to the children this morning but essentially, if it is plain and completely nut free, it is permitted. Biscuits that are chocolate covered or contain chocolate or cream are not plain neither are jammy dodgers!



Don't forget that we will be holding an Emotional Well Being afternoon on Thursday, November 2nd from 1330 which is an opportunity to find out what is on offer in and out school to support children’s emotional health.



Now we are part of Twynham Learning, we have adopted their dates, including those for INSET days for the next academic year (2018-19). These can be found below and are the same dates as the infant school.


Wednesday, October 4th

Emotional Health and Well Being afternoon – see separate letter

Thursday, October 5th

Lower School disco.

Date for whole school disco TBC

Thursday, October 12th

Parents Evening  3.30pm – 7.00p.m

Appointment letter to follow

Wednesday, October 18th

Parents Evening  3.30pm – 7.00p.m

Appointment letter to follow

Thursday, October 19th

Wear It Pink – in support of Breast Cancer Now

Friday, October 20th

Staff Training Day (no children in school)

Monday, October 30th

Staff Training Day no children in school except those leaving for Leeson House

Monday, October 30th – Wednesday, November 1st

Leeson House Trip One

4SD, 4PT, 4AH

Wednesday, November 8th  – Friday, November 10th

Leeson House Trip Two


Saturday, November 4th

PFA Firework Festival

Friday, November 17th

Children In Need (this year, it’s spots!)

Friday, December 8th

PFA Winter Wonderland

Monday, December 11th

Y3 Christmas performances

Tuesday, December 12th

Y4 Christmas performances

Wednesday, December 13th

Y5 Christmas performances

Thursday, December 14th

Y6 Christmas performances

Friday, December 15th

Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save The Children

End of term service at St. Christopher’s Chr

End of term. School finishes at 1215

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Apr 27th 2018

Newsletter - April 2018

A Message From Miss Rawson 27th April 2018 Welcome back to the last term of this academic year and one that is traditionally extremely busy! My main reason for sending this letter home is to let you have advance notice of the events, which will be happening this term. For those happening this half term, there is more detail here. For those happening after half term, further details will follow closer to the time. However, there are also a few other things that I would like to mention to you.   Safety of your child online I know that I keep writing to you about this subject but I do need to remind you again about checking that your child is safe when they are online. Just this morning, we have received a phone call from a parent alerting us to the fact that her daughter has received inappropriate messages and requests from an older boy through Instagram. We know that some of our children have Facebook, Instagram, and other social media profiles even though the permitted minimum age to use these sites is 13 years old, according to their terms and conditions. We are dealing with an increasing number of issues related to the online behaviour of pupils at weekends and in the evenings and, as we are committed to keeping our pupils safe and to promoting the safe, responsible use of the Internet, we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a concern. Age restrictions for social media websites are as follows: Age limit 13: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Snapchat, Youtube, Wechat,, Keek, Kik, Foursquare, Flickr Age limit 14: LinkedIn Age limit 16: Whatsapp ( from May 2018) There are risks of underage use of such sites and you must make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not at the moment. Whilst we have a duty to all pupils in our school, it is not the school’s responsibility to manage their behaviour or deal any events or issues that occur out of school as a result of social media interaction. To be blunt, that is your responsibility. We will endeavour to deal with the consequences of out-of-school behaviour when it affects pupils in school and will not hesitate to work with the police/Safer Schools Community Team. We also work proactively to promote safe online behaviour, help pupils identify and avoid risky or negative behaviours online and encourage them to use social media responsibly as part of our PSHE curriculum. Please support us, so that we are able to spend our time focussed on teaching and learning, by regularly checking what your child is doing online both on their laptops or tablet and on their phones.   Fun Run Our postponed Fun Run will take place on the morning of Friday, May 18th. The children can now choose whether they would like to dress-up with the original theme of “Fancy Pants” or ‘Red, White and Blue’/Crowns, in celebration of the Royal Wedding that weekend! Any donations that are brought in on that day will be divided between two local charities. The first is the Amelia Grace Rainbow Foundation. Amelia’s Rainbow supports children in Dorset and the surrounding area who are suffering from terminal, life-limiting and serious chronic illnesses. You can find more information about this here: The second charity is Marathons for the Mind which supports the work of mental health charities Mind and Livability and which has been set up by Peter Thompson, a local marathon runner. Some of you may remember that he came into school last year to talk to the children about the challenge he had set himself in running 44 marathons across Europe in 44 days and we were able to track his progress via his website. He is coming back to school to talk to the children on April 30th about his latest challenge: setting off with a seven week head start on the riders of the Tour de France, he will attempt to run the entire 2069 mile route of the 2018 Tour de France and make it to the finish line before them. This will involve running an ultra-marathon every day for 70 days and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest over three times. Makes my Chester half marathon next weekend seem like a jog round the park! You can find out more information about his challenge here: We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community when we do fundraising for charity and hope that you will agree that these are worthwhile causes.   Art Week The week before half term will be our postponed Art Week in school and the children will be working in their colour teams across the school in the afternoons on projects to do with the theme of Flight. The PFA are kindly sponsoring this event and covering the cost of all resources. If you would like to come in after school and look at the displays, then you are more than welcome to do so after school during the week beginning June 11th as part of the whole MAT Arts week. Further details of this will come home in due course. Please could you send your child in with a shirt (or something appropriate), which you wouldn’t mind getting 'arty' and which will prevent them coming home for half term covered in paint. Equally, if you have a surplus amount of 'art-worthy' shirts, which you no longer need, we would be grateful if you could donate them to us. One of the activities requires the use of cuttings from magazines, newspapers and old books - again, any donations of this type would be gratefully received.   Bushcraft – Parent Volunteer needed Organisation of the Year 6 residential is well underway but the team are still in need of one more adult volunteer to help out on this trip. If you are interesting in finding out more, please contact Mrs Bootle through the school office team or email   Reminders We are aware that Ramadan will be taking place between May 16th and June 14th. If your child will be taking part in fasting, please can you contact the school office so that we can get a letter to you for written parental consent.   Dates APRIL   26th Whole School Disco MAY   7th Bank Holiday Monday 14th- 17th inclusive SATs week for Year 6 pupils 18th Fun Run (postponed from end of Spring Term) 21st -25th Art Week 26th Last Choir Standing competition (parents invited towards end of school day – details TBC) HALF TERM Monday, May 28th – Friday, June 1st JUNE   8th Stourfield Steam – Details to follow 13th Staffing and Pupil Welfare Committee 21st Resources Committee meeting 1830 JULY   w/c July 2nd  Y6 production. Details will be sent to Y6 parents from Y6 team shortly. 4h Secondary school transfer day 6th Winning House mufti day 9th Y6 to Bushcraft all week 16th Internal transfer afternoon 17th Internal transfer morning 18th Leavers service – St. Christopher’s Church 1900 19th  Sports Day. Lower School – 0900-1130 Upper School -1230- 1500 20th End of Term Service at St Christopher’s 0930 (pupils only) School closed for the summer at 1215   Other news ... I am pleased to say that the Pupil Leadership Team will be opening the school stationery shop from next Wednesday, April 25th. A letter from them has come to you under separate cover.     Download a PDF copy of the April 2018 Newsletter here.